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Hugs are great you never know when the last time that person your hugging may have had any kind of human contact. At least the good kind.People are so busy these days it's easy to forget that there are people right in front of you that need to be loved by some one.Make that some one you, they may be resissent at frist but don't give up it won't be long before they will be looking for you because they know you care.
God Bless and Keep on Hugging.

Hugs? I hate the awkwardness of "courtesy" hugs, but I love authentic hugs where you can feel the strength of a person's affection for you expressed through their body.

I had a "good" hug two weeks ago---I was sad, crying and a woman friend behind me could see my sadness and greeted me with a sincere hug...nice and tight and loving. I love these kinds of hugs ; )

Sometimes hugs can say what words could not, like a picture can speak a thousand words.

Biblical hugs? Didn't Joseph hug his brothers after he broke down? I think also of Jacob and Esau when they were reunited. Also, Mary when she was expecting and came to visit Elizabeth. Surely Elizabeth's friendship was a great gift to her then. I'll have to look each of these up, but these come to mind first as "biblical" hugs.

I also imagine the father of the prodigal hugged him tight when he came home, though I don't think that's in the text : )

Interesting question,

Following up on the Biblical Hugs.....

Jacob and Esau:

"And Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two female servants. And he put the servants with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all. He himself went on before them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept." -Genesis 33:1-4

Love that image of Esau running to him, kissing him and them weeping. So tender

Jacob and his brothers:

"You must tell my father of all my honor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here." Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck. And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. After that his brothers talked with him.
-Genesis 45:13-15

I like the "fell upon his neck and wept"--can you imagine the well of emotions that must have been bottled up in Joseph?


Mary & Elizabeth

"In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth." -Luke 1:39-40

No clear hug here...it must just be in my "mind's eye" : )

Father & Prodigal Son

"And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' "
-Luke 15:20-21

Ah...another running and embracing scene. Sweet. What I love about these scenes too is that it is men weeping and embracing. True masculinity is emotional and strong---not stoic.

My church, Calvary Chapel, is a hugging church. It is so nice to walk in the door and get hugs from lots of people that sincerley care about you. Never did I have that in previous churches of which I was a member.

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